Angels will always remember moments with Adenhart

Updated: April 9, 2009

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The memory of Nick Adenhart will not soon fade for the Angels.

MEMORIES OF ADENHART WON'T FADE

When I heard about the death of Nick Adenhart on Thursday, my mind flashed back to 1993, when Tim Crews and Steve Olin died in a boating accident during spring training.

Tim had been a teammate of mine the previous season with the Dodgers. Naturally, the team and I were stunned and deeply saddened at the time. We still are. I imagine all of Nick Adenhart's family, friends and teammates are going through similar emotions right now. Anytime something like this happens, it hits the fraternity of baseball pretty hard, and I suspect clubhouses all over baseball were somber places Thursday night. They've lost one of their own.

There will be a heavy feeling in the Angels clubhouse for weeks and months to come. Memories of Adenhart will no doubt surface when they don't expect it. It might be the time you spent weightlifting with him, running in the outfield during pitcher's drills or at a team dinner on the road, or when he's suddenly not in his usual seat on the bus. You carry that with you, and you don't want to disregard that.

But in some ways, you don't want to dwell on it because you want to be able to give your best on the field for your team. Just as for anyone anywhere who has lost someone he or she cares about, when you try to put it out of your mind, you can't help but feel as though you are turning your back on the person.
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Feelings of loss and mourning are universal. Most of us as human beings, major leaguers or not, have dealt with it at some points in our lives.

A positive way to pay tribute to the memory of a teammate is by carrying on the way you think he or she would want you to. Adenhart was known for his competitiveness between the lines and his easygoing nature outside the lines. He was about giving everything he had on the field to beat the opponent. He was such a young man, but he reached the big leagues, the dream of every player, and excelled at the sport's highest level a few hours before he lost his life. It had to be one of the biggest nights of a young career that ended way too soon and for all the wrong reasons. Still, if his team can play the game the way Adenhart did, that might be the perfect way to carry the Angels through this challenging time.

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TOUCH 'EM ALL

Touch 'Em AllWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page.

For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.

Home Run Tracker
NAME HR OPPPITCHER SITUATION
C. Granderson, Det2TorRomeroTop 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.
J. Votto, Cin2NYMPerezBot 3: 0-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.
A. Hill, Tor2DetPorcelloBot 5: 1-1, 1 Outs. None on.
M. Joyce, TB1BosMatsuzakaTop 2: 1-2, 0 Outs. None on.
A. Lind, Tor2DetPorcelloBot 6: 1-2, 0 Outs. None on.

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ON DECK: WEEKEND WATCH

The first full weekend of the baseball season is here. A nice time to continue easing into the routine of the 162-game marathon, right? Not this weekend. A few division rivals are set to square off:

Cubs at Brewers

Even though the Brewers aren't quite the same team they were a season ago -- CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets have taken their power arms elsewhere -- Milwaukee still hopes to contend in the NL Central. The Cubs will be quite interested in the performance of Friday's starter. Rich Harden struggled in spring, and his velocity was down noticeably. On Saturday, Carlos Zambrano heads to the Miller Park mound for the first time since throwing a no-hitter there last season against the Astros.

Twins at White Sox

These two teams closed last season by playing a one-game playoff for the AL Central title. So go ahead and try to tell them a three-game set in April doesn't mean anything. Jose Contreras, who was sidelined for the remainder of last season on Aug. 9 because of a torn left Achilles tendon, makes his return.

Dodgers at Diamondbacks

Brandon Webb predicted last week to The Arizona Republic that Manny Ramirez would not be the same hitter in 2009 that he was in 2008. Webb won't have a chance to contribute to the predicted Manny downturn because Webb will miss his scheduled start Saturday because of shoulder stiffness. Yusmeiro Petit will take his place. Ramirez, for the record, is hitting .214 through four games.

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SIMON SAYS

Simon Says ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.

Tonight, he looks at the Texas Rangers and wonders if maybe fans do have reason to be excited by the team's 3-0 start:

Rangers' best starts in franchise history
Final W-L
1996 7-0 90-72
1979 6-0 83-79
1992 4-0 77-85
1977 4-0 94-68
2009 3-0 ?
1993 3-0 86-76
1983 3-0 77-85

THURSDAY'S WEB GEMS

THURSDAY'S BEST AND WORST

BEST
Chris Carpenter• Welcome back, Chris Carpenter. The Cardinals right-hander, who dealt with injuries most of 2008, returned to the mound Thursday and permitted just one hit over seven shutout innings in a 2-1 win over the Pirates.
WORST
Oliver PerezOliver Perez just couldn't seem to find the plate against the Reds. He walked five in 4 1/3 innings of an outing in which he was pelted for eight runs. CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang weren't the only New York starters to have rough season debuts.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

The Yankees' two prized offseason pitching acquisitions, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, both debuted in pinstripes this week, and they came away with very different results. Sabathia was shelled in the Yankees' 10-5 loss on Opening Day against the Orioles. Burnett, though, pitched 5 1/3 innings in an 11-2 win Thursday. Sabathia was unable to find the strike zone consistently and was often behind in the count, in stark contrast to Burnett.

Yankees' Pitching Debuts
Sabathia Burnett
1st pitch strike pct. 52 78
Strike pct. of fastballs 53 67
Pct. of PA (3-ball counts) 44 17

-- ESPN Stats and Information

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